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Less local council red tape for telcos
Posted on 25-Nov-2016 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. This applies to frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell hardware, street cabinets, cabling and antenna on lighting poles so long as the equipment meets national standards. The rule change is thanks to the National Environmental Standard […] Comments (Comments)

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than in Sydney or Melbourne
Posted on 24-Nov-2016 07:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet’s October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our sample Australian ISP TPG. This is despite the impact of the distance across the […] Comments (Comments)

Work starts on Hawaiki – a faster, fatter pipe to USA
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. Prime Minister John Key and Communications Minister Amy Adams joined other dignitaries to help Galasso get the project started at a soil turning ceremony hosted by local iwi at Bream Tail near Mangawhai Heads in Northland. Speaking at the event Key […] Comments (Comments)

Artificial Intelligence deal biggest yet for University of Auckland/UniServices
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:22Tags News, Computing

Intelligent computers that look, think and react like humans are the latest technology being developed at the University of Auckland to become a commercial venture. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft and Volpara improve breast imaging analytics
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 09:06Tags News, Computing

Volpara Health Technologies Limited and Microsoft Corp. have announced a new collaboration around breast imaging analytics that will help breast imaging centers analyse clinical, quality and business data to optimise productivity, quality assurance and patient care. Comments (Comments)

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 18:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. D-Link and Microsoft have a plan to use wi-fi as a way of connecting remote areas in poor countries to the Internet. It’s not the wi-fi […] Comments (Comments)

Oracle buys Dyn
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 15:58Tags News, Computing

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction. Comments (Comments)

Netsafe now in charge of investigating complaints about harm caused through digital communications
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 16:05Tags News, Security

Justice Minister Amy Adams has wished Netsafe well as it begins its role as the Approved Agency under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft NZ announces partnership with AV/VR Garage
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 10:02Tags News, Web media

The AR/VR Garage - established by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) as part of the region's wider innovation network - has been set up to accelerate and showcase the development of New Zealand's AR/VR capability with a view to creating globally significant outcomes across key sectors. Comments (Comments)

D-Link to partner with Microsoft to bring Super Wi-Fi to developing regions
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 09:56Tags News, Wi-Fi

The Super Wi-Fi campaign aims to exploit unused bandwidth in the lower-frequency white spaces between television channel frequencies, where signal travels further than at higher frequencies. Comments (Comments)

How Ultrafast Broadband reforms changed telco sector competition
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 07:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecom NZ’s market share was already falling before 2009. Then, the communications minister Steven Joyce announced plans for a fibre network. According to IDC Research, Telecom NZ, now Spark, held a 59.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2007. By the same quarter in 2009 it was down to 54.3 percent. Today, Spark […] Comments (Comments)

Surface Book underlines the problem with hybrids
Posted on 19-Nov-2016 14:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Book is as good as it gets for hybrid devices. You can’t buy a better one, even if it still has a few irritating bugs. Hybrids are popular. They are the only growing PC segment. There is no doubt they are what many people want from a computing device. And yet there is […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft steps further into open community by joining Linux Foundation
Posted on 18-Nov-2016 15:34Tags News, Computing

On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company's Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services. Comments (Comments)

First self-drive vehicle demonstration on NZ roads begins
Posted on 17-Nov-2016 11:39Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The New Zealand Traffic Institute (Trafinz), Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Transport have come together to show how a self-driving vehicle will handle New Zealand's road conditions, safely and efficiently. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Surface Book one year on
Posted on 14-Nov-2016 14:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A year ago Microsoft launched its first laptop. Last week the Surface Book had a refresh. It remains the best take on a 2-in-1 computer, but at a high price. All Windows computer makers offer riffs on the laptop-cum-tablet format. There are many designs to choose from at a range of prices. Yet twelve months […] Comments (Comments)

IBM launches experimental platform for embedding Watson into any device
Posted on 10-Nov-2016 20:24Tags News, Computing

The new platform allows developers to embed Watson functions into various end-user device form factors, offering a next generation architecture for building cognitive-enabled experiences. Comments (Comments)

Cyber Security Skills Taskforce established
Posted on 8-Nov-2016 10:30Tags News, Security

Communications Minister Amy Adams has today announced the establishment of a Cyber Security Skills Taskforce to address the shortage of cyber professionals in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Power poles may carry fibre to bush
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 11:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While it’s not on their immediate agenda, Chorus and the other fibre companies would one day like to push their glass networks as far into the bush as possible. The Commerce Select Committee may be about to help. It is looking for “public submissions on the benefits of rolling out fibre on rural electricity infrastructure”[1]. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft double-dipping with ads
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 06:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s web mail app is clean, crisp and efficient. It is almost everything you’d want from a browser-based mail app. Almost. It fails because there’s an advertising pane on the right hand of the screen. You can’t miss it. Of course that’s the idea. Advertising is supposed to be in-your-face. Advertisers won’t pay up […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone, Chorus and the battle for fibre
Posted on 6-Nov-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark pushes fixed wireless. Vodafone boosted and rebooted its HFC network. It is rebranded as FibreX[1]. Where possible, New Zealand’s two biggest retail telecommunications companies bypass copper and fibre. Most of the time that means not buying services from Chorus. It also means not buying regulated services. On copper and fibre networks they have to […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec unveils new endpoint security software
Posted on 1-Nov-2016 20:38Tags News, Security

Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 provides multi-layered protection including advanced machine learning and response capabilities. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Government adopts SAP cloud-based HRIS
Posted on 1-Nov-2016 20:13Tags News, SaaS

SAP New Zealand and the New Zealand Government have signed an ICT Common Capability Cloud Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Agreement. Comments (Comments)

Smartwatches not ticking
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 14:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC reports the smartwatch market dropped by more than 50 percent in the third quarter of 2016. It says 2.7 million units shipped during the quarter compared with 5.6 million units in the third quarter of 2015. IDC goes on to say: Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that 3Q15 was the first […] Comments (Comments)

Wireless — a drop in the data ocean
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 12:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Statistics New Zealand’s Internet Service Provider Survey 2016: 143,109 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by broadband connections. 3,165 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by mobile phone internet connections. That makes wireless data about two percent of the month’s total data downloads. In other words a […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand VDSL missing in action
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Businessdesk Pattrick Smellie reports Chorus chair challenges telcos on slow VDSL uptake. He writes: “Some 400,000 internet users in New Zealand are on a slower form of internet connection than is available, with almost no cost involved in changing to the faster version[1], says Patrick Strange, the chairman of telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus. Strange […] Comments (Comments)

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